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Devil's Cargo


Published 1948


The Falcon tackles another mystery.


Run time 62 minutes 12 seconds
Production Company Falcon Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, black & white

Reviews

Reviewer: nanopossum - - September 15, 2014
Subject: interesting camera shot at 40 minutes
One camera shot I liked particularly was when the Falcon and his pal leave the station: the camera stays on the desk sergeant, while at the same time you see the pair leaving by way of the big shadows of their hats. It's kind of interesting spacially. Happens at the 40 minute mark thereabouts.

Couldn't help shake the feeling I was watching a magic show; in that, it felt as if, at times, probably because of the shortness of the scenes, actors were being called up from the audience to participate.

Why the magic, well, the main actor was a magician, a famous one. Remarkably he died only a yr ago.

Reviewer: lgeubank - - December 8, 2011
Subject: Interesting, intricate mystery
This entry in the "Falcon" franchise has a well-plotted story line with some exciting twists. The lead actor isn't the greatest, but it's an interesting story, worth watching.

I enjoyed seeing character actors Roscoe Karns (always fun) and Tom Kennedy, who I always think of as "Gahagan," Glenda Farrell's foil from the Torchy Blane movies.

One reviewer mentioned the Studebaker seen in the movie. I also enjoyed seeing some of the architecture in old Hollywood. Can you remember when a bowling alley merited a palace-like structure like the one in the movie?

All in all, an enjoyable flick.
Reviewer: porterville - - October 24, 2011
Subject: A Fairly Entertaining "Falcon" Movie
An entertaining "Falcon" movie. It is unlike the movies with Tom Conway or George Sanders, however, it does hold my attention. It takes some focus or attention to follow the different plot lines in order to understand the ending.
Reviewer: allanmr - - November 27, 2010
Subject: A MAGICIAN
JOHN CALVERT WAS ALSO A PROFESSIONAL MAGICIAN,WHO INVENTED SOME TRICKS TOO.
Reviewer: Moongleam - - November 20, 2010
Subject: Public domain
The copyrights of Appointment with Murder (1948) and SEARCH FOR DANGER (1949) were renewed. It seems that Devil's Cargo is the only Falcon film in the public domain, so no other Falcon movies will be uploaded here.
Reviewer: MaskedMala - - November 19, 2010
Subject: Thanks to the uploader
I've just view this movie (one of three Falcon movies with John Calvert made by Film Classics) and even if this movies is not in the same league as the Falcon movies made by RKO (with Georges Sanders and later on by Tom Conway), Devil's Cargo is a really fine peace of Poverty Row entertainment. I'd like to see the other two Falcon movies starring John Calvert, "Search for Danger" and "Appointment with Murder". Hopefully the uploader of Devil's Cargo will be able to do it. Thanks
Reviewer: ADDIE - - October 10, 2010
Subject: Brain Trust
I didn't notice anything -- what are you all talking about with, "Brain Trust?" I liked him. lol
Reviewer: mesiw - - September 14, 2010
Subject: Falcon
Enjoyed the story
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - - June 14, 2010
Subject: Detective or Magician?
Quite interesting storyline, adequate acting. One can see that this is not the first film with "The Falcon" as a hero and that the figure seems to be well established for audiences of the 40s.

For those who, like me, never heard of "The Falcon" before here is some source of information: http://www.thrillingdetective.com/falcon.html

What I did not find out was the reason for doing magic tricks, if it is also an established part of the history of the figure being a former professional magician or so.

And I agree with the previous reviewer about the dog.
Reviewer: horseoftroy - - June 13, 2010
Subject: its in the title
this is the most reticulated plot i've ever had the pleasure of.

the dog really ought to find a new line of work though.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - June 11, 2010
Subject: Nothing Special
This is a light, mildly entertaining detective crime story. The star, John Calvert, does various magic tricks while talking to suspects, and chasing down information.

The detective drives a Studebaker of a model similar to one that our family had in my childhood, which I enjoyed seeing, and which brought back memories.

I downloaded the 539MB AVI file. There are a couple of audio dropouts and some chunks of frames missing here and there, but overall the quality is good.
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